April 15, 2017

The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (UNESCO WHS)

Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as "patient research". These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet.

Le Corbusier, byname of Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (October 6, 1887 - August 27, 1965), was an internationally influential Swiss-French architect and city planner, one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. He belonged to the first generation of the so-called International school of architecture and was their most able propagandist in his numerous writings. In his architecture he joined the functionalist aspirations of his generation with a strong sense of expressionism. He was the first architect to make a studied use of rough-cast concrete, a technique that satisfied his taste for asceticism and for sculptural forms.

The 17 sites are the folowing (the ones with the links are presented individually on my blog):
• Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret - France
• Villa Savoye et loge du jardiner - France
• Cité Frugès - France
• Immeuble locatif à la Porte Molitor - France
• Unité d’habitation Marseille - France
• La Manufacture à Saint- Dié - France
• Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut de Ronchamp - France
• Cabanon de Le Corbusier - France
• Couvent Sainte-Marie-de-la-Tourette - France
• Maison de la Culture de Firminy - France
• Petite villa au bord du lac Léman - Switzerland
• Immeuble Clarté - Switzerland
• Maison Guiete - Belgium
• Maisons de la Weissenhof-Siedlung - Germany
• Maison du docteur Curutchet - Argentina
Complexe du Capitole - India
• Musée National des Beaux-Arts de l’Occident - Japan

The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement - UNESCO official website
Le Corbusier - Enciclipaedia Britannica
Le Corbusier - Wikipedia

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